Ottawa Rough Riders

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Ottawa Rough Riders
First Season
1876
Team History
Ottawa Rough Riders (1898-1913, 1931-96)
Ottawa Senators (1925-30)
Ottawa Football Club (1876-97)
Conference/Division
Canadian Football League (1958-96)
Venue
Frank Clair Stadium (1908-96)
Key People
Players • Head Coaches • Executives


The Ottawa Rough Riders were a Canadian Football League team based in Ottawa, Ontario, founded in 1876. Formerly one of the oldest and longest-lived professional sports teams in North America, the Rough Riders won the Grey Cup championship nine times. Their most dominant era was the 1960s and 1970s, in which they won five Grey Cups. The team's fortunes waned in the 1980s and 1990s, and they ultimately ceased operations following the 1996 CFL season. Five years later, a new CFL team known as the Ottawa Renegades was founded, though they suspended operations in 2006. The Ottawa Redblacks, which own the Rough Riders intellectual properties, joined the league in 2014.

Publications

Programs by season

1950s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1958
regular season September 14 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Municipal Stadium
Postseason November 22 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats Civic Stadium
1959
regular season October 10 vs. Montreal Alouettes Lansdowne Park

1960s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1960
preseason August 2 at BC Lions Empire Stadium
regular season September 5 at Montreal Alouettes Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
Grey Cup November 26 vs. Edmonton Eskimos Empire Stadium
1961
preseason July 25 at Montreal Alouettes Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
regular season August 17 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers Winnipeg Stadium
regular season September 16 at Montreal Alouettes Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
1962
regular season August 27 at BC Lions Empire Stadium
regular season September 7 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Lansdowne Park
1963
preseason July 23 vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Lansdowne Park
1964
preseason July 30 at Montreal Alouettes Percival Molson Memorial Stadium
regular season September 8 at BC Lions Empire Stadium
postseason November 21 at Hamilton Tiger-Cats Municipal Stadium
1965
preseason July 8 Rough Riders intrasquad game Lansdowne Park
regular season August 12 vs. Montreal Alouettes Lansdowne Park
regular season October 2 at Calgary Stampeders McMahon Stadium
1966
preseason July 14 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders Lansdowne Park
regular season August 3 vs. Montreal Alouettes Lansdowne Park
regular season August 30 vs. Toronto Argonauts Lansdowne Park
regular season September 17 at BC Lions Empire Stadium
Grey Cup November 26 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders Empire Stadium
1967
regular season October 28 vs. Toronto Argonauts Lansdowne Park
postseason November 19 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Lansdowne Park
1968
regular season October 26 vs. Montreal Alouettes Lansdowne Park
postseason November 23 vs. Toronto Argonauts Lansdowne Park
postseason November 30 vs. Calgary Stampeders Exhibition Stadium
1969
regular season October 25 vs. Toronto Argonauts Lansdowne Park
Grey Cup November 30 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders Autostade

1970s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1970
regular season August 27 at BC Lions Empire Stadium
regular season September 19 vs. Calgary Stampeders Lansdowne Park
1971
preseason July 9 at Edmonton Eskimos Clarke Stadium
regular season August 2 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers Winnipeg Stadium
1972
regular season September 23 at Edmonton Eskimos Clarke Stadium
1973
regular season July 31 vs. Toronto Argonauts Lansdowne Park
Grey Cup November 25 vs. Edmonton Eskimos Exhibition Stadium
1974
preseason July 5 at Edmonton Eskimos Clarke Stadium
regular season July 25 at Toronto Argonauts Exhibition Stadium
regular season September 7 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Lansdowne Park
1975
preseason July 1 at Edmonton Eskimos Clarke Stadium
1976
preseason July 8 at Calgary Stampeders McMahon Stadium
regular season August 21 at Edmonton Eskimos Clarke Stadium
regular season August 24 at BC Lions Empire Stadium
Grey Cup November 28 vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders Exhibition Stadium
1977
regular season August 16 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Lansdowne Park

1980s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1980
regular season August 26 at Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium
1981
regular season October 12 at Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium
Grey Cup November 22 vs. Edmonton Eskimos Olympic Stadium
1982
regular season September 12 at Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium
1983
preseason June 10 at Montreal Concordes Olympic Stadium
1984
preseason June 11 at Montreal Concordes Olympic Stadium
regular season August 11 at BC Lions BC Place
regular season September 14 at Calgary Stampeders McMahon Stadium
1985
regular season October 19 at Montreal Concordes Olympic Stadium
1986
regular season September 4 at BC Lions BC Place
1988
regular season October 2 at Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium
1989
regular season October 15 at Edmonton Eskimos Commonwealth Stadium

1990s

Week Date Opponent Venue
1992
regular season September 13 vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Lansdowne Park
1993
regular season October 3 at Toronto Argonauts SkyDome
1994
regular season October 1 at Baltimore Football Club Memorial Stadium

Media guides and yearbooks

Media guides

1960s 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1968
1970s 1971 • 1974 • 1977
1980s 1980 • 1984 • 1986
1990s 1991 • 1995 • 1996
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Canadian Football League
Teams BC Lions • Calgary Stampeders • Edmonton Elks • Hamilton Tiger-Cats • Montreal Alouettes • Ottawa Redblacks • Saskatchewan Roughriders • Toronto Argonauts • Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Defunct Teams Baltimore Stallions • Birmingham Barracudas • Las Vegas Posse • Memphis Mad Dogs • Ottawa Renegades • Ottawa Rough Riders • Sacramento Gold Miners • San Antonio Texans • Shreveport Pirates
Venues BC Place • BMO Field • The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium • IG Field • McMahon Stadium • Mosaic Stadium • Percival Molson Memorial Stadium • TD Place Stadium • Tim Hortons Field
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